Michael Woodhouse

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Michael Woodhouse

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Deputy Leader of the House
In office
2 May 2017 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Simon Bridges
Succeeded by Iain Lees-Galloway
Minister for ACC
In office
20 December 2016 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Nikki Kaye
Succeeded by Iain Lees-Galloway
Minister of Immigration
In office
31 January 2013 26 October 2017
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Nathan Guy
Succeeded by Iain Lees-Galloway
1st Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety
In office
8 October 2014 26 October 2017
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Simon Bridges (as Minister of Labour)
Succeeded by Iain Lees-Galloway
28th Minister of Revenue
In office
14 December 2015 20 December 2016
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Todd McClay
Succeeded by Judith Collins
Personal details
Born South Dunedin, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Political party National
Website www.michaelwoodhouse.co.nz

Michael Allan Woodhouse (born c.1965) is a National member of the New Zealand Parliament.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.

New Zealand Parliament legislative body of New Zealand

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Early years

Woodhouse was born and raised in South Dunedin, the fifth of nine children. He attended St Patrick's, St Edmund's and St Pauls High School, now Kavanagh College, which he left at the end of sixth form in 1982. [1]

South Dunedin

South Dunedin is a major inner city suburb of the New Zealand city of Dunedin. It is located, as its name suggests, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) to the south of the city centre, on part of a large plain known locally simply as "The Flat". The suburb is a mix of industrial, retail, and predominantly lower-quality residential properties. South Dunedin's 2006 population was 2,490, a decrease of 48 people from 2001.

Kavanagh College is a Catholic, state-integrated, co-educational, secondary school located in central Dunedin, New Zealand. The school was founded in 1989 as the successor of several other secondary schools the oldest of which was founded in 1871. Kavanagh is the only Catholic secondary school in Dunedin and is open to enrolments from throughout the entire city. The school's proprietor is the Bishop of Dunedin.

He worked for the National Bank of New Zealand in Dunedin and Wellington until 1987 when he embarked on a rugby sojourn to Scotland and England, playing for Dunfermline 1987/88 and Broughton Park in Manchester 1988/89.[ citation needed ] He then returned to Dunedin where he studied Commerce and Accounting at the University of Otago, which he graduated from in 1993. [1]

National Bank of New Zealand

The National Bank of New Zealand Limited (NBNZ), often referred to as The National Bank, was one of New Zealand's largest banks. Throughout much of its history, the National Bank provided commercial banking services to mainly major industrial and rural as well as some personal customers.

Wellington Capital city of New Zealand

Wellington is the capital and second most populous urban area of New Zealand, with 418,500 residents. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Remutaka Range. Wellington is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the administrative centre of the Wellington Region, which also includes the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa. Its latitude is 41°17′S, making it the world's southernmost capital of a sovereign state. Wellington features a temperate maritime climate, and is the world's windiest city by average wind speed.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

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He worked at Taylor Mclachlan Accountants in Dunedin, Dunedin Hospital and ACC. In 2005 he earned a masters in Health at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Prior to his political career, Woodhouse was the CEO of Mercy Hospital in Dunedin from 2001 to 2008. [1]

Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand Crown entity responsible for administering the countrys universal no-fault accidental-injury scheme

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is the New Zealand Crown entity responsible for administering the country's universal no-fault accidental injury scheme. The scheme provides financial compensation and support to citizens, residents, and temporary visitors who have suffered personal injuries.

University of New South Wales Australian university

The University of New South Wales is an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. UNSW is a top-tier university in Australia as a member of the Australian ‘Group of Eight’. Out of all Australian universities, UNSW has the highest median ATAR and attracts the highest number of top 500 students. Established in 1949, it is ranked 4th in Australia, 45th in the world, and 2nd in New South Wales according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

Australia Country in Oceania

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Woodhouse was convicted for drink-driving when he was 21 years old. [2]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
2008 2011 49th List 49 National
2011 2014 50th List 31 National
2014 2017 51st List20 National
2017 present 51st List10 National

Fifth National Government, 2008–2017

Woodhouse stood in Dunedin North in 2008 and, though he received 30.64% (9972) of the votes he was defeated by incumbent electorate Pete Hodgson who received 52.62% of the vote. He was still however elected to the New Zealand House of Representatives through National's party list. In the 2011 election, Woodhouse reduced the majority from 7,155 in 2008 [3] to 3,489 against David Clark. [4] National also lost the party vote by 420 votes. Clark beat Woodhouse with an increased majority in the 2014 election. [5]

Dunedin North (New Zealand electorate)

Dunedin North is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament (MP) to the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was established for the 1905 election and has existed since. It is currently held by David Clark of the New Zealand Labour Party, who replaced the long-standing representative Pete Hodgson. It is considered a safe Labour seat, with Labour holding the seat for all but one term (1975–1978) since 1928.

Pete Hodgson New Zealand politician

Peter Colin Hodgson is a New Zealand politician. He is a member of the Labour Party.

New Zealand House of Representatives Sole chamber of New Zealand Parliament

The New Zealand House of Representatives is a component of the New Zealand Parliament, along with the Sovereign. The House passes all laws, provides ministers to form a Cabinet, and supervises the work of the Government. It is also responsible for adopting the state's budgets and approving the state's accounts.

A member of the Health and Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committees in the 49th Parliament, Woodhouse was elected as the National Party's senior whip on 20 December 2011. [6] He is the head of the Parliamentarians for Arthritis group and is active in the Parliamentary Sports Trust as a rugby player and referee.[ citation needed ]

In a reshuffle in January 2013, Woodhouse was made a minister outside cabinet and was given the Immigration, Veteran's Affairs and associate transport portfolios. [7] During his time in Parliament, Woodhouse voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand. [8] During the Fifth National Government, Woodhouse served in various portfolios including immigration, transport, veteran's affairs, land information, workplace relations and safety, police, and the Accident Compensation Corporation. [7] [1]

In August 2015, Michael Woodhouse caused controversy when he released a list of 57 high risk industries for his Health an Safety Reform Bill. This list was mocked by the Opposition because worm farming and mini golf were deemed "high risk", while dairy and cattle farming were not. Labour leader, Andrew Little, stated the new classifications were "overly complicated, ill thought out and rushed through to appease National Party backers, putting the lives of New Zealanders at risk". [9] While Labour's spokesperson for Labour issues, Iain Lees-Galloway, said Woodhouse "can’t worm his way out of this. He will be forever ridiculed as the Minister who made killer worm farms safer but failed to protect people working in some of New Zealand's most dangerous industries". [10]

During the 2017 general election, Michael Woodhouse was re-elected as a List MP on the National Party List. However, he failed to capture the Dunedin North electorate seat, which was held by Labour MP David Clark [11]

Sixth Labour Government, 2017–present

Following the formation of a Labour-led coalition government with the support of New Zealand First and the Green Party, National and its former support partner, the libertarian ACT New Zealand party, formed the opposition in the House of Representatives. [12] [13] Michael Woodhouse became Deputy Shadow Leader of the House and the National Party's spokesperson for health and immigration. He is also currently a member of the health and privileges select committees. [7]

In early August 2018, Woodhouse in his capacity as National health spokesperson called for National Health Targets to be a legal requirement in response to the Labour Party's proposed Child Poverty legislation. [14] [15] In late August 2018, Woodhouse objected to United States whistleblower Chelsea Manning's proposed tour of New Zealand in early September 2018, arguing that she should be banned due to her lack of remorse over her role in leaking sensitive US military documents to WikiLeaks. [16] [17]

Personal life

Woodhouse is an avid rugby fan, having played for Otago in his youth. He has a wife Amanda and three children. [18]

An avid rugby follower, Woodhouse played age group rugby for Otago and South Island rep teams and premier rugby for Dunedin and Western Suburbs in Wellington. He also refereed 84 premier and approximately 20 representative colts and 'B' provincial matches. He also was a premier grade referee. [1] [ better source needed ]

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